Doolin Dalton – Desperado / Eagles
Into the Sunset …
I was just a kid – or not even born – when many of the Greatest Westerns Stars who ever lived had already rode off into the sunset – or died. So I missed a hell of lot of good Westerns from the 30’s, 40’s and even the 50’s. Still haven’t seen most of them. This blog is pretty well a research project for me on a lot of them – trying to discover Western Movie history – and their Stars.
So … I found this pic from When the Daltons Rode (1940) on the net the other day. I looked at the riders … but didn’t recognize any of them?
I’ll give you ten plugged nickels and my spurs if you get 2 right.
And they were all well known Actors of their day and beyond.
OK … from Left to Right …
Stuart Erwin, Andy Devine, Broderick Crawford, and Brian Donlevy.
Stuart Erwin / (1903–1967)
as Ben Dalton
Andy Devine / (1905–1977)
as Ozark Jones
“If there’s anything I don’t like, it’s driving a stagecoach through Apache country.”
Stagecoach / 1936
Broderick Crawford / (1911–1986)
as Bob Dalton
“I’ve made upwards of a million bucks in the cops-and-robbers business.”
Brian Donlevy / (1901-1972)
as Grat Dalton
Oh Yeah … Randolph Scott was the Star of the movie.
as Tod Jackson
No Trailer available – but some clips exist on YouTube.
On this poster though, Crawford’s image is bigger?
Yet on the screen we see Randolph at the top …
and Broderick 5th on the Bill ???
Director George Marshall (1891 –1975)
A rather odd movie: (Spoiler Alert) LoL – We all know the Daltons don’t ride off
into the sunset, but much of the movie is played out as a comedy? – interspersed with other nonsense – such as romance. (LoL)
Even Yakima Canutt reprises his famous Stagecoach stunt.
But in the end a fun yarn to watch …
and historically accurate (as we know it) in it’s wrap up.
When the Daltons Rode / 1940 Part 2